• WordNet 3.6
    • n pillar (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
    • n pillar a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)
    • n pillar a fundamental principle or practice "science eroded the pillars of superstition"
    • n pillar a prominent supporter "he is a pillar of the community"
    • n pillar anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower "the test tube held a column of white powder","a tower of dust rose above the horizon","a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

They had mounted to the high gallery that spans the space between pillar and pillar They had mounted to the high gallery that spans the space between pillar and pillar

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The idiom "pillar of salt" means to have a stroke, or to become paralyzed and dead.
    • Pillar (R. C. Ch) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.
    • Pillar Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay; as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state. "You are a well-deserving pillar .""By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire."
    • a Pillar (Mach) Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.
    • Pillar (Man) The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.
    • Pillar The general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an ornament. "Jacob set a pillar upon her grave.""The place . . . vast and proud,
      Supported by a hundred pillars stood."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The telescope at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, in California, also serves as a tomb. The 36-inch refracting telescope is mounted on a pillar that contains the remains of Jack Lick, who died in 1876. Lick was a wealthy financier and philanthropist who financed the construction of the observatory that bears his name.
    • n pillar A column; a columnar mass of any form, often composed, or having the appearance of being composed, of several shafts engaged in a central core, as is frequent in medieval architecture: by architects often distinguished from column, inasmuch as it may be of any shape in section, and is not subordinated to the rules of classic architecture. See also cuts under latand column.
    • n pillar A support or supporter; one who or that which sustains or upholds.
    • n pillar The upright and supporting part of something, as of a table having but one support, or of a candlestick.
    • n pillar In anatomy and zoology, a pillar-like or columnar structure, part, or organ; a column or columella; a crus: as, the pillar (columella or modiolus) of a spiral shell; the pillars (crura or peduncles) of the brain. See cut under Discophora.
    • n pillar One of the posts which serve to connect the plates of a clock-movement, and also to keep them the necessary distance apart.
    • n pillar In the manège, the raised center of the ring or manège-ground around which a horse turns. There are also pillars at regular intervals around the ground.
    • n pillar A portable emblem in the form of an ornamented column, formerly carried before an ecclesiastical dignitary as typical of his function as a support to the church.
    • n pillar Something resembling a pillar in appearance.
    • n pillar A solid mass of coal left either temporarily or permanently to support the roof of a mine.
    • n pillar In harp-making, the upright post on the side furthest from the player. It is usually hollow, and contains the rods of the pedal-action.
    • n pillar A frame for supporting tobacco-pipes in a kiln.
    • n pillar The nipple of a firearm.
    • n pillar In ship-building, a column which supports a deck-beam in the interior of a vessel. Such columns are cylindrical, hollow or solid, or they may be built up of plates and bars. They are shaped at the heads and heels so that they can be securely riveted to the beam or the plating of the deck or hold. A hold-pillar is one which extends between the inner bottom or top of the frame floors to the lowest tier of deck-beams. A deck-pillar extends between two decks. A center-line pillar is on the center-line of the vessel. A quarter-pillar is midway between the center-line and the side. Also called deck-stanchions and beam-stanchions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class.
    • n Pillar pil′ar (archit.) a detached support, differing from a column in that it is not necessarily cylindrical, or of classical proportions: one who, or anything that, sustains: something resembling a pillar in appearance
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  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air nelson stylites in Trafalgar square reminds the British what once they were.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.”
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    “In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.”
  • Henrik Ibsen
    “The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom -- these are the pillars of society.”


From pillar to post - If something is going from pillar to post, it is moving around in a meaningless way, from one disaster to another.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. piler,F. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila, a pillar. See Pile a heap
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. piler (Fr. pilier)—Low L. pilare—L. pīla, a pillar.


In literature:

Noah Clegg was a Methodist, and Sandy McLachlan a pillar in the Presbyterian church.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
The white walls and unadorned pillars looked cold and naked.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
To the left of the halo, in the background, stood a fluted ivory pillar with a square base and a flaring top.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The same wind that sighs among them this day, sang to them when their walls and pillars stood erect.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
Taking her to one side of the room, he told her to tap gently with her knuckles all over a wooden pillar.
"Child-Life in Japan and Japanese Child Stories" by Mrs. M. Chaplin Ayrton
The long rows of immense marble pillars had some faded remains of painting on them.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
A wide verandah, supported by pillars quaintly carved, ran round it.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
Can volume, pillar, pile, preserve thee great?
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
Betty could see the massive roof, the long aisles crowded with marble monuments, and the pillars.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
The capitals of the pillars are likewise ornamented with highly interesting and ornately sculptured capitals.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun

In poetry:

But he remembers
The pillar-stone,
And knows that he is
Of the seed of Eoin.
"A Mountaineer" by Padraic Colum
But for thy temple in the sky,
Its pillars strong and white—
I cannot love it, though I try,
And long with all my might.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Then should the earth's old pillars shake,
And all the wheels of nature break,
Our steady souls should fear no more
Than solid rocks when billows roar.
"Hymn 60" by Isaac Watts
We strive and struggle and swink and sweat,
And the end for each is one and the same;
Time and the sun and the frost and wet
Will wear from its pillar the greatest name.
"Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
In stainless daylight saw the pure seas roll,
Saw mountains pillaring the perfect sky:
Then journeyed home, to carry in his soul
The torment of the difference till he die.
"The Glimpse" by William Watson
Spared by the furies, for the Fates were kind,
I paced the pillared cloisters of the mind;
All times my present, everywhere my place,
Nor fear, nor hope, nor envy saw my face.
"The Poet's Testament" by George Santayana

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In science:

Indeed, the development of the two pillars of modern theoretical physics, the theory of general relativity and the quantum theory of fields, was strongly influenced by these publications.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory
This spectral form is one of the main pillars of the hot Big Bang model for the early Universe.
Cosmic Microwave Background Mini-Review
Estimates of neutrino detection in dense media rests on three primary pillars: a) the radio transparency of the medium, b) the weak interaction cross-section at high energies, and c) the relationship between shower characteristics and radio signal strength.
Radiowave Neutrino Detection
Spreadsheets are not only methods of controlling operational risk (a key pillar of Basel II) but also are themselves a source of operational risk.
The Importance and Criticality of Spreadsheets in the City of London
In the following text we will mention the values relevance as needed. A concept, demanding the system to be divisible by parts in a way that those parts and their relations constitute the system itself is one of the pillars of the theory.
Discrete Thermodynamics of Chemical Equilibria